There are thirteen native species of amphibians and reptiles (collectively known as herpetofauna) in the UK. Five of the seven native amphibians (common frog, common toad, smooth newt, palmate newt & great crested newt) and four of the six native reptiles (slow-worm, common lizard, grass snake & adder) are found in Greater London.
Currently there is a lack of available information on the whereabouts of herpetofauna across Greater London and so measures to safeguard them are often missed. This Atlas has therefore been produced to tackle this lack of information, encourage wider participation in wildlife recording and provide the means to secure long-term gains for amphibians and reptiles in Greater London.
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This atlas shows the distribution of records for each of the native amphibian and reptile species in Greater London (2012). Maps of non-native species' distribution (including wall lizard, Aesculapian snake & alpine newt) are not currently included. This atlas is a live webpage which will continue to be updated throughout the years as more maps are modelled to represent new information on species distribution and habitat suitability as it comes in over time.
Please use the comments box to feedback your thoughts and suggestions on the atlas.
For more information on amphibian and reptile populations, the threats they face in London and the work behind producing this atlas (CLARE project) see below.
Herpetofauna populations are in decline due to a loss of suitable habitat. This is further exacerbated by a lack of understanding in terms of their habitat requirements and a lack of information on where suitable habitat (if managed correctly) remains. These maps indicate suitable habitat for amphibians and reptiles in Greater London using a range of methods of analysis. Alternative methods of analysis have been used to map species specific suitable habitat predictions within London
The two maps below show all amphibian and reptile records from the last 10 years, plus assessment of whether a grid square contains suitable habitat. Click to view or download a pdf.